Friday, January 4, 2008
Guess Who's Coming to Dharma?
As with all bloggers, sooner or later, there comes a topic that you are not sure you want to share. But no one keeps a light under their bed or a candle in the closet. So, I want to share the light I have received. Right after Thanksgiving and shortly before the week of that holiday, I started to practice daily meditations which include Buddhist chants. It has indeed been life changing. Opportunities I don't think I would have had and discipline that I had not had previously coincided at this time. We've all heard, "Free your mind and the rest will follow." Practicing Buddhism along with Christianity has benefited me greatly!
Well, I have been practicing chanting and trying to practice "religiously" The Noble Eightfold Path:
Wisdom (Sanskrit: prajñā, Pāli: paññā)
1. Right view
2. Right intention
Ethical conduct (Sanskrit: śīla, Pāli: sīla)
3. Right speech
4. Right action
5. Right livelihood
Mental discipline (Sanskrit and Pāli: samādhi)
6. Right effort
7. Right mindfulness
8. Right concentration
My Buddhist experience has been a powerful one. I practice Nichiren chanting from the Soka Gakkai International sect of Buddhism, just like one of my (s)heroes, Tina Turner except she has all the prayers committed to memory unlike myself.
See her chant below. It's really spectacular:
Here are some resources below for other Black Buddhists or if you are Buddhist-Curious:
Resources for Black Buddhists